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Program Flyer: Pocahontas and the Powhatan Indians

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Content Provider   HistoryConnects from the Virginia Historical Society  2012-13 Honorable Mention
Contact Information   Evan Liddiard
eliddiard@vahistorical.org
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA  23220
United States
Phone: (804) 342-9689
Program Type   Individual Program
Program Rating      based on 16 evaluation(s).
Target Audience   Education: Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, Grade(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, University, Public Library: Library Patrons, Retirement Communities
Maximum Number of Participants   There is no maximum, but we suggest no more than 30 students.
Minimum Number of Participants   No minimum
Primary Disciplines   Social Studies/History
Secondary Disciplines   Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Social Studies/History
Program Description   Much of what historians now know about the Indians we call "the Powhatans" is derived from English sources, as the Powhatans had no written language.

Using primary sources as well as replica artifacts created by Mattaponi Indians, students will learn about what life was like in Virginia before the first English settlers made it their home. Students will identify the various natural resources used by Native American men, women, and children to make their tools and clothing. Students will also be engaged in a discussion about Pocahontas and the myths associated with her life.
Program Format   1. The program will begin with an examination and comparison of John Smith's famous map to current maps of today.
2. The audience will then examine several John White paintings and examine replica artifacts.
3. The audience will then view several images created of Pocahontas over the last 400 years and discuss some of the myths that surround Pocahontas.
4. The program will end with time for a Question and Answer period.
Objectives   The participant will:
- describe the interactions between the English settlers and the native peoples;
- describe how American Indians related to the climate and their environment to secure food, clothing, and shelter;
- discuss the environmental characteristics of Virginia's Coastal Plain region;
- identify the three major Indian language groups in Virginia, and recognize words from the Algonquian language.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns   National
U.S. History NS 5-12 ERA 1: Three Worlds Meet (Beginnings to 1620)


1) Comparative characteristics of societies in the Americans, Western Europe, and Western Africa that increasingly interacted after 1450.
2) How early European exploration and colonization resulted in cultural and ecological interactions among previously unconnected peoples.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns   Virginia
History and Social Studies


VS.2 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the
Program Length   45-60 minutes
By Request   This program is available by request ONLY
Date/Time Notes   Programs are available Monday through Thursday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

If these times do not work for your group, please contact Evan Liddiard at eliddiard@vahistorical.org and we will make every effort to find a convenient time for your program.
Program Cost   Multipoint Cost: $100.00
Point to Point Cost: $100.00
By Request Cost: $100.00
Program Fee Notes   This program is offered at $50 to schools within the state of Virginia.
Cancellation Policy   We will not charge for programs canceled due to inclement weather conditions. A full refund will be granted to sites that cancel more than 48 hours in advance.
Is recording allowed?   No
Program Delivery Mode(s)   Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Skype, iChat, FieldTripZoom, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Minimum Technology Specifications for sites connecting to this provider   All schools will dial into the VHS.

We require a test call one week prior to the videoconference session.

IP address: 38.68.255.194

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